Strathpuffer 2010 and all this snow
I know its the puffer,and I wil be out every day next week preparing the course,the event centre,taping the course as I do every year and staying behind for the clear up. O by the way also doing the race,so instead of teling me to mtfu, why dont you come and help out.You can contact me at the local bike shop with your offer of helpPosted 8 years agoepicycloSubscriber
Just been round the section from the farm road (start of 2008 'Puffer), down View Rock. The snow has compacted – it seems firmer/crunchier than 2 days ago. I was walking, but I think it was 80% rideable.
There's been a few tree falls so the trail fairies are going to need all the help they can get. (We shifted what we could without tools)
I'll try again with the bike in a couple of days – only snag is fresh snow is falling now 🙂Posted 8 years agojojoA1Member
Just worked out who you are NR. CHeers for all the hard work you guys do behind the scenes. Sorry if I was being cheeky earlier, I didn't realise the extent of the problems the ice caused in '08. My dad's going to be on the team of medics you've got in this year, he can get his ice axe and crampons out for rescues… Will also see if any of we Moray riders can help out.Posted 8 years ago
No worries Niterider. I know how hard events are to organise the rest of the year. Hats off to you all for having the audacity to try and run an event there at that time of year. It'll be my 4th one this year.
Also, is there anything that would make your lives easier? Apart from a huge assed thaw..Posted 8 years agomcwycMember
I'm merely a social rider, yet ths Puffer thread is fascinating. One of the guys at work keeps on going on about it and reading this thread it sounds like it'll be out of this world! Good luck to all those going for it (and the organisers) – you'll look back and hopefully say 'I did that'.Posted 8 years agoallankellySubscriber
Thanks all for continuing updates and efforts. If I could muck in, I would. Is there much tidy-up done on the Sunday? We're going home on the Monday so could help on Sunday afternoon (after a bit of sleep!).
mcwyc: That's it really isn't it? "Because it's there" kind of thing. I read a book before last year's I can recommend to anyone called "We Cannot Fail" by Geoff Powter – it's stories of mountaineering single-minded madness. Good therapy =).
I spent an hour riding round the local park tonight with 32×20 and the Schwalbe Snow Studs, very confidence inspiring and defo the right gearing although not that much snow here just now. Got an 18 on there too, just in case.
18t and 20t cogs
Got home and cracked open the huge tub of Torq energy stuff. Put the new number plate on the new bike carrier. It's all coming together!
Cheers, al.Posted 8 years agoswiss01Member
ho de ho de ho! no disguising your identity now eh? no my unreliable spec chariot will not be making an appearance this year as i missed the entry (two minute!) window so sadly there'll be no repeat of that or the i headered a tree/covered the course in chunder/ have a saddle made of spikes shenanigans that've characterized all my previous attempts.
i would've stuck to the tried and tested scott approach. i've even got another one. i didn't consider another make, um, what's their name, begins with a g or something but i think they're only good for road bikes… mr 'my bmi is normal' above described it as a 'carbon race bike'
which i found very faltering as he's obviously too young to recognise the too fat/old/slow trinity that sees me clutching at the straws that is the belief that somehow the bike will make the man. or not.
anyway, i'm off out on the bike. i can't get out of the habit of this puffer training!
like i say me and t can be up late thursday early friday, weather dependent, if you're needing usPosted 8 years agotwinklydaveSubscriber
Well all I can say is that I really hope it goes ahead! Even if it turns into a bit of a long walk (but still with the occasional riding section, hopefully!)
I'd love to help out in some way, if I was't 370 miles away I'd be there like a shot!
From now until the race date I shall be praying that the roads stay passable 😕Posted 8 years agomartinxyzMember
some pics from new years day around a little bit of the course and up to the viewpoint.The descent down from the viewpoint was amazing.bonty mud X 1.8 on the rear and a racing ralph up front and it goes up and over anything! the last fast blast down to the carpark in contin was a bit sketch (as the long straight tyre marks-to-slide-out will show if you take a wee walk up the track lol)Posted 8 years ago
anyone going around it today? i need to do more snow riding. didnt get out yesterday.
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